Tan Sixue
Lawyer / White & Case Pte. Ltd.
Corporate Sponsor:
Rainbow Centre Singapore
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Who are you? Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I am a very optimistic person. I believe that by doing my little part, maybe others can feel like they too can contribute.
I also love travelling. My fiancé and I are travelling to South America for our honeymoon later this year.

What’s your story? Tell us about a life-changing incident.

I have led a blessed life. I feel very fortunate and want to give something back to the community.

Why 50for50 and why now?

There’s no better time than now!

What gets you up in the morning?

I am a lawyer – most of the time, the world is not going to miss me cooping out and staying in bed. But what gets me up in the morning are my family, friends, clients and community. Cheesy as it sounds, I want to be there for them, to share in their joy, contribute to their happiness and help solve their problems.

Why this cause out of so many causes?

Out of high school, I tutored a child whose family had to migrate to Australia because her younger sister had special educational needs and was unable to enroll to a special education (SPED) school because of the long waitlist. Knowing how early intervention for children with special needs can help maximise their potential by laying the foundation for them to improve their quality of life, I was shocked by the lack of support from the community for children with special needs and their families

Since then, MCYS, MOH, MOE and NCSS have launched several initiatives to address the capacity shortfall and reduce the waitlist for SPED schools. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s call for a more inclusive Singapore with no one left behind in 2004 was followed by increased funding for students educated in the SPED system and new models of integrating special school students with their mainstream peers have emerged.

While I acknowledge that it is not enough to simply raise more money for the Rainbow Centre, I believe that with increased resources, greater impact can be made when such resources are put in the right hands.

Any experiences with charity or non-profit work before?

I work in an American law firm which is big on giving back to society. We have teamed up with Mustard Seeds to sponsor lunch and to provide some necessities to residents in the Henderson community.

I have also helped various non-profit organisations in research topics like trafficking and criminal compensation in various jurisdictions.

On a personal level, I like volunteering with young children – reading to them and assisting in art classes.

My friends and I also buy and deliver food and basic necessities to the poor over Christmas.

What kind of change are you looking to bring about as a changemaker?

I think very often, people are intimidated by the thought of doing charitable work because they think they have to “go big or go home” . That creates inertia because people start seeing it in terms of an investment of X hours and Y dollars which often seems too much to commit to.

I hope to inspire others to do more by making them realise that you don’t have to rid the world of its problems to have done good. Each person can make a difference by taking the time to show love, appreciation and kindness to the people around them.

Over time, I hope that we will become a more caring society, better able to care for the less fortunate, the sick and our older generation.

What is your big idea on how to raise funds for 50for50?

I plan on engaging my friends, tapping their brains on ways to raise funds. So far, we have planned popiah parties and have talked about getting friends to auction items of value. With many small steps, we believe we will eventually achieve our fund raising target.

I also hope to engage the children beneficiaries of Rainbow Centre (Singapore) in the fund raising. Given that Christmas is just around the corner, I plan to print some seasonal greeting cards with their drawings with all proceeds going towards the charity.